Welcome

The annual Belmullet Festival this year runs from Thursday 15th of August to Saturday 24th of August . The event is organised around Lá an Logha (day of indulgence) and over the years, has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old with special events for children and families. 

 Come along and enjoy some of our top quality locally produced food, live music, arts and crafts stalls, our seafront funfair and a variety of free events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. With lots on display, why not take a walk amongst the street stalls to enjoy the traditional crafts and skills on display, dance and listen to traditional Irish music in Carter square or partake in the raft race or the many other water sport events taking place throughout the week. Check out the events below as there’s sure to be something for everyone. 

Events

Fair Day – Thursday
2019-08-15
Friday
2019-08-16
Saturday
2019-08-17
Sunday
2019-08-18
An Bistro Rioga
Monday
2019-08-19
Tuesday
2019-08-20
Heritage Day – Wednesday
2019-08-21
Áras Inis Gluaire
Thursday
2019-08-22
Friday
2019-08-23
Street Party – Saturday
2019-08-24
An Bistro Rioga
Áras Inis Gluaire
09:00
Lá an Logha/Fair Day – All day free event Belmullet

Belmullet is one of the few towns in Ireland where the monthly fair still takes place all year round on the 15th of the month. Fair Day in August or Lá an Logha (day of indulgence), is one of the biggest. Come and meet friends, look around the stalls and enjoy the food and live music on The Square with Pamela Gilmartin, Jason Moyles and The Duets. Don’t miss the Belmullet Festival Stall next to the main stage.

For stalls and information contact Mayo County Council on 097 81004

21:30
Mike Denver – Broadhaven Bay Hotel

Dance the night away with Mike Denver. Doors open at 9.30pm at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel. Call 086-0564544 to book

15th August @ 9.30pm Tickets €15

09:00
Surfing – Beldarra Beach

Learn to surf with Tonn Nua Surf School, meaning New Wave in Gaelic. Declan caters for all ages and swimming abilities. All equipment provided.

Ring for lesson times and details 083 307 4659

16th August, Price €25

12:00
Taiscéal an Trá (Explore the Shore) – Tidal Pool, Shore Road

Taiscéal an Trá or (Explore the Shore). Meet at the Tidal Pool at Shore Road, Belmullet.
Belmullet Tidy Towns 097 20977

16th August @ 12pm, Free Event

12:00 - 17:00
Busking Competition Day 1 – Belmullet Streets

Register an artist/band/group below, to be in with a chance to ‘Busk off’ on the main stage on Heritage Day and win the title of ‘Belmullet Busker 2019.

      • 1st Prize €150
      • 2nd Prize €100
      • 3rd Prize €50

Prizes sponsored by Wilders Amusements

Registration closes the 14th of August! 

€5 entry fee per act.  @ 12 – 5  Registration is now closed! Read more…

18:00
Kayaking – The Quay

If you are feeling adventurous, experience the water in a unique way in the Kayak race. Experience the thrill of paddling your own boat while you learn the basic skills of Kayaking in a safe and relaxed way. Kayak and life jackets will be supplied. Entrants must be 12 years and over.

6pm @ Belmullet Quay, Free Event

 

20:00
Welcome to the Stranger – Áras Inis Gluaire

“Critically-acclaimed Famine play, featuring 18 local actors comes to Belmullet”

 

WELCOME TO THE STRANGER, set in north Mayo during the Great Famine, runs for two nights only at Áras Inis Gluaire. For tickets and information contact info@arasinisgluaire.ie / 097 81079. Suitable for children 7+.”

“A landmark play” – Western People

“Stunning production” – The Connaught Telegraph

 

Friday 16th August & Saturday 17th August @ 8pm Áras Inis Gluaire. Tickets €12

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20:00
Raft Race – Belmullet Slip

Build your raft and come along to pitch your strength and skill against the other contenders.  Maximum 4 people per team. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age to enter. All entrants must wear life vests and helmets.

Cash prize of €200.

Race Starts @ 8pm, Friday 16th August @ Belmullet Slip. Free Event.

Fill in the form below to register your team. Read more…

09:15
ParkRun – Cross Loop, Cross, Binghamstown

Free weekly timed run’s which are held all over the world. The Erris Parkrun takes you along a sweeping coastal route with views over the Atlantic. First timers and walkers welcome. To get your time, pre register at www.parkrun.ie/erris/ to get your barcode.

Parkrun on Saturday the 24th of August will be as Gaeilge.

9.15am Saturday 17th August & Saturday 24th August@ Cross Loop, Cross. Free Event

 

20:00
Welcome to the Stranger – Áras Inis Gluaire

“Critically-acclaimed Famine play, featuring 18 local actors comes to Belmullet”

 

WELCOME TO THE STRANGER, set in north Mayo during the Great Famine, runs for two nights only at Áras Inis Gluaire. For tickets and information contact info@arasinisgluaire.ie / 097 81079. Suitable for children 7+.”

“A landmark play” – Western People

“Stunning production” – The Connaught Telegraph

 

Friday 16th August & Saturday 17th August @ 8pm Áras Inis Gluaire. Tickets €12

Read more…

11:30
Maidin Caife – An Bistro Rioga 

Immerse yourself in Irish, whatever your level, from beginner to fluent buy a coffee, sit down and speak Irish. (097) 81800

11.30am, Sunday 18th August @ An Bistro Rioga  

12:00 - 14:00
Family Fun Day – Áras Inis Gluaire

Bring a picnic, a blanket and stretch out on the grass while the kids of all ages enjoy games and bouncy castles, challenges and more with Erris Fitness. 086 390 4370

€5 Entry @ Áras Inis Gluaire  12pm-2pm

 

15:00
Colour Fun Run (Park Run)- Cross Loop, Binghamstown

Join the fun for all the family with this special colour run on the parkrun course. Suitable for all ages, pushchairs and dogs on leads. Register 2pm at the lake. €10pp, €5 students and €25 family of 4 or more in aid of Inis Aoibhinn and Laura Lynn Hospice. 0861611799

3pm Park Run Course, Cross Loop,  Binghamstown. €10pp, €5 students and €25 family of 4

 

18:00 - 21:00
Trad Seisiún • McDonnells Bar

Informal gathering with local musicians and singers. Bring your instruments, your voice and your dancing shoes. (097) 81194

6-9pm Sunday 18th August @ McDonnells Bar. Free Event

 

19:45
Duck Race – Belmullet Canal

Ducks on sale on Fair Day by Erris united 086 193 7092

7.45pm Sunday 18th August @ The Belmullet Canal. Free Event

 

20:00
The Greatest Showman – Áras Inis Gluaire

Come along to see The Greatest Showman movie for a night of great entertainment.

8pm Sunday 18th August @ Áras Inis Gluaire Entry €5

20:30
Canal Swim – Belmullet Canal

Jump in and take on the Canal Swim Challenge. Whoever completes the challenge in the fastest time wins the prize of €100

8.30pm, Registration @ The Belmullet Canal. Free Entry

 

12:00 - 17:00
Busking Competition Day 2 – Belmullet Streets

Register an artist/band/group below, to be in with a chance to ‘Busk off’ on the main stage on Heritage Day and win the title of ‘Belmullet Busker 2019.

    • 1st Prize €150
    • 2nd Prize €100
    • 3rd Prize €50

Prizes sponsored by Wilders Amusements

Registration closes the 14th of August! 

€5 entry fee per act.  @ 12 – 5   Registration is now closed!

 

Read more…

17:00 - 19:00
Fantasy Football – Páirc Beo

Fantasy Football is back again for 2019. Test your football skills with a penalty competition, how fast you can kick and mini matches for ages 6-14. Erris United 086 193 7092.

5-7pm, Monday 19th August @ Páirc Beo. Free Event.

 

20:00
Mega Bingo – Broadhaven Bay Hotel

With €5,000 in cash payouts and a €1,000 Jackpot game, it is guaranteed to be a great night of Bingo!

Come along and support the Belmullet festival’s biggest fundraiser of the year. First timers welcome and why not bring a friend. Tickets will also be on sale on the night for the Belmullet Festival draw that takes place on Heritage Day for the top prize of €10,000

8pm, Monday 19th August @ Broadhaven Bay Hotel 

 

05:45
Dawn Walk – Aras Inis Gluaire

Early risers can join Maureen’s Health Academy and enjoy the tranquillity and calmness of a wonderful Belmullet morning.

5.45am, Tuesday 20th August @ Aras Inis Gluaire. Free Event.

 

11:00 - 13:00
Surfing – WaveSweeper

Get out on the water with Wavesweeper. All equipment provided and all levels and abilities catered for. Booking Essential 087 3459551

11am – 1pm, Tuesday 20th August @ WaveSweeper. Price €25.

 

15:00
Town Treasure Hunt – Áras Inis Gluaire

How well do you know the town? Think you can find your way round using only cryptic clues? Then why not join the town treasure hunt. Come alone or in a group. It’s a great way to see the town in a different light. A popular event with a new twist for 2019… a selfie scavenger hunt.
3pm @  Áras Inis Gluaire (Registration beforehand). Free Event.

 

 

19:00
Car Treasure Hunt – Áras Inis Gluaire

The competition heats up every year as the clues become more cryptic. Do you know Erris well enough to crack the clues? Cars start at Arás Inís Gluaire and follow clues round Erris. A reminder that is it for fun and the judge’s decision is final….in case you were wondering!! Cash Prize
7pm @  Áras Inis Gluaire (Registration beforehand) €10 per car

 

21:30
Quiz Night • Clann Lir Bar

Pitch your wits against some of the best brains in town to win the crown of Brains of Belmullet. All proceeds to the Belmullet Festival. 087 3642063
9.30pm @  Clann Lir Bar, Entry €10 

 

09:00
Heritage Day – All day event, Belmullet

This years Heritage Day is sure to be an exciting and fun packed day for all the family. Each street has a different theme with so much to see and do.

  • A Taste of Mayo – Carter Square
  • Main Stage – Carter Square
  • Cultural & Heritage Tent – American Street
  • On the Farm – American Street
  • Carnival Street – Barrack Street
  • Craft Street – Main Street
  • Irish Tent/Puball Gaeilge – Main Street

There’s lots of workshops for young and old and you get to take home what you create, so try your hand at the pottery wheel, or weave a small keepsake to remind yourself of your time at the festival, or churn butter like they did in times gone by and take a sample home with you. There’s so many children’s activities that the kids will be spoilt for choice.


All day free event, Belmullet Town. 

Click here for more information about the themed streets Read more…

11:00 - 17:00
Cultural & Heritage Tent – American Street

Visit the Cultural & Heritage Tent for a collection of talks and workshops throughout the day. Find the secrets of growing the best plants that thrive in the local area, or how to tackle those invasive species of plants.

Discover the meaning and origin of the place names in Erris or learn about the benefits of local conservation farming with the National Parks and Wildlife Service Corncrake Farm Plan and Corncrake Grant Scheme for farmers and landowners. Learn more about the Erris Sustainable Energy Community or take in the interesting talk on the blanket bogs from the Ballycroy National Park.

  • 11am -11.30am, ‘Erris Sustainable Energy Community’ with Orla Nic Suibhne
  • 12pm – 12.30pm, ‘Plants suitable for local area’ with Patricia McAndrew
  • 1pm – 1.30pm, ‘Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park and the Blanket Bog’ with Margaret Flaherty
  • 2pm – 3pm, ‘Conservation Farming for Corncrake & Twite’ with Fergal Ó Cuinneagáin & Liam Loftus
  • 3pm – 3.30pm, ‘Removal of Invasive Species of Rhododendron and Wild Rhubarb’ with Phelim Doran
  • 4pm – 4.30pm, ‘Erris Place Names/Iorras Logainmneacha’ with Uinsionn Mac Graith

11 – 5pm, Wednesday 21st August @ American Street Belmullet. Free Event

12:00 - 18:00
Puball Gaeilge/ Irish Tent – Main Street

We’re proud to promote the Irish language with this year’s Irish tent, which will host a range of children’s activities as Gaeilge, some Irish Heritage stalls and a range of music throughout the day from traditional Irish music, Bluegrass, Jazz and much more. Acts for the day include: The Achill Pipe Band, Red Connolly & Katie, and Seoda.

12 – 6pm, Wednesday 21st August @ Main Street Belmullet. Free Event

14:00
Busking Final – Carter Square

Come along and listen to the finalists of the busking competition and see who will be crowned Belmullet Busker 2019.

    • 1st Prize €150
    • 2nd Prize €100
    • 3rd Prize €50

Prizes sponsored by Wilders Amusements

€5 entry fee per act. Register an artist/band/group below, to be in with a chance to ‘Busk off’ on the main stage on Heritage Day and win the title of ‘Belmullet Busker 2019.

Registration closes the 14th of August! 

To take place 2pm on the stage on the Square. Register here 

Read more…

16:15
Fancy Dress Competition – Carter Square

Best Dressed Girl 

Best Dressed Boy 

Dan Hegarty Perputal Cup for the Best Dressed Family (Prize )

Best Dressed Business – Shop Front & Staff

Funniest Costume

4.15pm @ The Square

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20:30
Seisiún Comhaltas – Áras Inis Gluaire

Unique, traditional music session with the local Comhaltas group – Craobh Chlann Lir. Join in or sit and listen, all welcome. (097) 81079

8.30pm @ Áras Inis Gluaire 097 81079

 

09:30 - 10:30
Maidin Caife – An Builin Blasta

Immerse yourself in Irish, whatever your level, from beginner to fluent buy a coffee, sit down and speak Irish. (097) 81800

9.30am, Thursday 22nd August @ An Builin Blasta  

09:30 - 17:30
North Mayo Sculpture Trail Tour – Broadhaven Bay Hotel

Join us for a visit to the sculptures on the North Mayo Sculpture Trail erected in 1993. The tour will depart from The Broadhaven Bay Hotel and head for Killala via Ballina. We will travel along the north coast of Mayo picking up other items of interest along the way. Some of the sculptures require walking to access so please WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING. www.AlchemyTours.ie

Book here for this free event with Neal Doherty
9.30am -5.30pm, Thursday 22nd August, departing Broadhaven Bay Hotel. Booking Essential. Free Event

 

11:30
Kite Surfing – Cross Lake

Free Kite Surfing taster session with 360 Kitesurfing. All equipment provided, suitable for all levels, booking required. 087 207 3867

11.30am, Thursday 22nd August @ Cross Lake. Free Event

 

11:30
Paddle Boarding – Belmullet Quay

Free Paddle Board taster session with 360 Kitesurfing. All equipment provided, suitable for all levels, booking required. 087 207 3867

11.30am, Thursday 22nd August @ Belmullet Quay. Free Event

 

15:00
Bonny Baby Competition – Gateway Leisure (Vortex Room)

All the proud parents of Erris can bring your beautiful babies to Gateway Leisure to enter the Bonny Baby Competition. Categories are newborn-6 months, 7 to 12 months, 13-24 months & 25 months to 4 years.

3pm, Thursday 22nd August @ Gateway Leisure (Vortex Room)

15:30 - 21:30
Planetarium – Aras Inis Gluaire

Discover the wonders of the night sky with this 30 minute spectacular show. The discovery dome is a state of the art 360 degree mobile planetarium, the dome holds up to 60 people at a time. It’s an unbelievable experience for all the family.

3.30pm -9.30pm, Thursday 22nd August Aras Inis Gluaire. Tickets €6

 

19:00 - 21:00
Dark Skies Event – Aras Inis Gluaire

Did you know that County Mayo is the home of the first International Dark Sky Park?

On a clear, dark night, you can see over 4,500 twinkling stars and other planets in our solar system, even the Milky Way. At our Dark Skies events you can find out more on how you experience the wonder of the night sky in Belmullet. Please contact organiser for full details on events. Suitable for Children under 12. Wheelchair Access (Full) and Car Parking Available.

7pm -9pm, Thursday 22nd August Aras Inis Gluaire. Tickets €6

21:30
Night Walk from The National Park Education team

Explore nocturnal wildlife of Belmullet and gaze at stars if the clouds permit with expert guides from The Ballycroy National Park Education team.

9.30pm, Thursday 22nd August Aras Inis Gluaire. Free Event

 

09:30 - 10:30
Maidin Caife – Áras Inis Gluaire

Immerse yourself in Irish, whatever your level, from beginner to fluent buy a coffee, sit down and speak Irish. (097) 81800

9.30am, Friday 23rd August @ Áras Inis Gluaire

11:00
Heritage Walk – Carter Square (Outside Bank of Ireland)

Failte Ireland tour guide Neal Doherty of Alchemy tours Free Walking Tour of Belmullet Town. Contact 086 2596887 or  www.AlchemyTours.ie

11am , Friday 23rd August @ Outside Bank of Ireland • Free Event

 

12:00
Dog Show – Áras Inis Gluaire

Registration from 12 and show commence at 1.30

Variety of Dog Classes:

(1) any variety puppy dog or bitch
(2) A/V Terrier
(3) A/V Gundog
(4) A/V toy dog
(5) Best Utility
(6) A/V Hound
(7) Best pastoral dog
(8) Best working dog
(9) A/V handled by child under 13
(10) senior handling ( lady or gents)
(11) Dog in fancy dress
(12) Veteran dog
(13) any dog that didn’t get a prize

12pm, Friday 23rd August @ Áras Inis Gluaire.  €2 per Category

20:00
Take me Home Colleen – Áras Inis Gluaire

A story of North Mayo in the famine told through folk and ballads.

Take me Home Colleen was written by local musician and songwriter Brendan Farrell. Following the story of Sean Óg Gaughan and Colleen Boyle , from Killala in County Mayo, this presentation recounts the realities that faced the people of North Mayo, from 1844 to 1850.

Audiences will be treated to an audio-visual experience, featuring film, photography and folk music which tell the tale of the hardships experienced during the Great Famine.  The show features 12 original contemporary ballads, composed by Brendan himself.  Brendan, will play the part of Sean Óg and he will be joined on stage by Edana Barrett from Attymass, who will make her stage debut playing the role of Colleen. Edana will sing, narrate and play violin as well as playing the role of Colleen.

Take Me Home Colleen promises to be fantastic evening of entertainment and really is a must-see show for anyone with an interest in Irish history.

8pm, Friday 23rd August @ Áras Inis Gluaire. Tickets  €10

 

09:00
Lá na Gaeilge – Úsáid é (Just Use it)

For fluent speakers and beginners, this is the perfect opportunity to use and improve your Irish. As part of the Gaeltacht, the Irish language is alive in Belmullet and today we will have some fun and ‘Just Use It’.

All day, Saturday 24th August 

 

09:15
ParkRun – Cross Loop, Cross, Binghamstown

Free weekly timed run’s which are held all over the world. The Erris Parkrun takes you along a sweeping coastal route with views over the Atlantic. First timers and walkers welcome. To get your time, pre register at www.parkrun.ie/erris/ to get your barcode.

Parkrun on Saturday the 24th of August will be as Gaeilge.

9.15am Saturday 17th August & Saturday 24th August@ Cross Loop, Cross. Free Event

 

09:30 - 11:00
Maidin Caife – An Builin Blasta, An Bistro Rioga & Aras Inis Gluaire

Buy a cuppa and sit with locals to learn a cupla focal and use it during the day. Whatever your level, from beginner to fluent buy a coffee, sit down and speak Irish. (097) 81800  – An Builin Blasta, An Bistro Rioga & Aras Inis Gluaire.

9.30am, Saturday 24th of August @ An Builin Blasta, An Bistro Rioga & Aras Inis Gluaire

14:00
Tóraíocht taisce – Áras Inis Gluaire

Join the Tóraíocht taisce/ Treasure Hunt in Áras Inis Gluaire

2pm, Saturday 24th August @ Áras Inis Gluaire. Free Event

 

20:00
Family Mass – Belmullet Church

Family Mass in Irish in Belmullet Church

8pm @ Belmullet Church

22:30
Fireworks & Street Party – Main Street & Quay Street

Dance the night away, Belmullet Street Party with music and dancing from Jim Divine followed by Fireworks to close the 2019 festival. A spectacle not to be missed.

10.30pm @ Main Street & Quay Street. Free Event 

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Testimonials

I come back to Belmullet every year for festival week. Its a great time to catch up with friends and family and there’s always so many events on that my week is always jam packed. I love all the live music and the traditional dancing in the street. I look forward to it every year and can’t wait till August rolls around.

elderly lady
Mary Doherty Bundoran, Co Donegal

We brought the kids away for a week last August to Belmullet and they absolutely loved every minute of it. There was so many family events and activities for the kids to see and do and the place is so beautiful with its never ending beaches. We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already decided that were coming back again this year for the festival week.

young family
Caroline Mc Sharry Athlone, Co Westmeath

Travelling the Wild Atlantic Way around Ireland, we took a wrong turn and ended up in Belmullet and I’m so glad we did. There was a heritage festival on when we arrived exhibiting old Ireland with all the traditional crafts and stalls. The locals were so welcoming and it such a beautiful place, that we decided to stay an extra couple of days and take in the rest of the festival. Wonderful memories!

girl on rocks
Alice Dalton Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

About

A traditional fair day has been held in Belmullet on the 15th of August for as long as the locals can remember. Every year, stalls and markets can be found all over the town and the streets overflow with people from near and far.

The annual Belmullet Festival is organised around Lá an Logha (day of indulgence) and over the years, has developed into a wonderful week of entertainment and activities for young and old, with special events for children and families. Lá an Logha is a great time to meet returning emigrants and new visitors and there’s always plenty to see and enjoy at the market stalls throughout the day.

Heritage Day is on the 21st of August and has become a very popular day. People walk amongst the street stalls to enjoy the traditional crafts and skills on display, or sample some of the many top quality food stalls offering locally produced artisan foods and drinks. Why not try some traditional local ‘boxty’ or pop in for a drink at the RNLI tent. With so many food and drink stalls to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s also a fancy dress competition with prizes for best dressed individuals and groups, so be sure to check out the latest updates on the theme for this year.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy with lots of events and activities taking place such as a busking competition, pig racing, water activities, fun fair, traditional Irish music, live bands, dancing and much much more. This year’s festival runs from 15th to the 24th of August and we look forward to seeing you there.

Duck race Belmullet Canal
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Worthy Cause

The Belmullet festival is organised each year by a committee, who volunteer their time to pull it all together. If you are lucky enough to attend this year you will see the army of volunteers that make the festival possible. You will also benefit from the fundraising done throughout the year to raise the funds to make it all happen.

The community always give generously and each year the local businesses also sponsor the festival – these sponsors are listed here. We would like to thank the local community, Mayo County Council and Padraig Brogan for all the help and support they give each year, without them the festival would not be possible.

Also a special thank you to:

Ian Mc Andrew Aras Inis Gluaire, Brian Mac Suibhne Kilmore RSS and Sean Carey Belmullet RSS

If you are interested in becoming involved in the committee please get in touch or if you would like to sponsor the festival or any event you can donate here. 

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